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From Middle English Wynchester, Winchestre, from Old English Wintanċeastre, from Latin Venta Belgārum (literally Venta of the Belgae), perhaps ultimately from Proto-Celtic *wentā (town, place), Proto-Indo-European *h₁wen- (place (?)) + Old English ċeastre, from Latin castra (camp).

The rifle is named after American businessman Oliver Winchester (1810–1880), for the hard disk see Winchester disk.


  • IPA(key): /ˈwɪnt͡ʃɛstə(ɹ)/, /ˈwɪnt͡ʃɪstə(ɹ)/
  • (file)

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A city in and the county town of Hampshire, England.
    1. The City of Winchester, a local government district in Hampshire
  2. Any of the towns named after it, including:
    1. A census-designated place in Riverside County, California, United States.
    2. A city, the county seat of Scott County, Illinois, United States.
    3. A home rule city, the county seat of Clark County, Kentucky, United States.
    4. A town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States.
    5. A census-designated place in Clark County, Nevada, United States.
    6. A city, the county seat of Franklin County, Tennessee, United States.
    7. A city, the county seat of Frederick County, Virginia, United States.
    8. A small town in Timaru District, Canterbury, New Zealand.
  3. A habitational surname from Old English.

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Winchester (plural Winchesters)

  1. A Winchester rifle, typically a lever-action repeater.
    Synonym: Win
    • H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines
      "Give me my express," I said, laying down the Winchester, and he handed it to me cocked.
    • 2008, James M. Smallwood, The Feud That Wasn't, page 167:
      Almost simultaneously Jim Taylor and Kit Hunter shot at each other with Winchesters.
  2. A bottle holding a Winchester quart.
  3. (computing, dated) A hard disk.
    Synonym: Winchester disk
    • 1984, PC Mag (volume 3, number 2, 7 February 1984, page 234)
      And besides, Winchesters of the nonremovable sort work fine—why bother complicating things with cartridges []

Derived terms[edit]


  • Hungarian: vincseszter
  • Russian: винчестер (vinčester)

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